If you glance around a New York City subway car on any given day, you might spot a few advertisements for erectile dysfunction, male libido, and condoms. What you won't see are ads for Dame, a sex toy company for women and non-binary people—because the Metropolitan Transit Authority banned it last year. Now, the sex toy company is suing the MTA for refusing to run its ads, saying that the transit authority is infringing on its first amendment rights, and for censoring its work while allowing male sex toys and libido products to advertise. It's a double-standard, the company says, that allows male-focused wellness products like Hims to run sexually suggestive, phallic ads on the subway unhindered by the MTA, while ads for female wellness like Dame, or period underwear company Thinx, face a struggle to get approved even when their imagery is amorphous and vague.
Women's sex toy maker sues New York City subway, calls ad ban sexist
A Sex Toy Company Is Suing the NYC Subway for Censorship - VICE
New York's former sex shop hub, Times Square, has long since become the kind of place where there's a public outcry over an ad for a porn website , but the city's not de-sexed just yet. Here are our favorite sex shops in the city; as always, leave yours in the comments. Via Yelp. SHAG : This high-end Williamsburg shop, run by Samantha Bard and Ashley Montgomery-Pulido, focuses on the ladies, boasting female-friendly wares like tittie pasties, lube, aphrodisiac pops, oral sex lip gloss, and pocket rockets. The goods here are so elegantly curated they could double as art, with bespoke handmade marble dildos, greeting cards, and designer lingerie included in the inventory, plus staffers host regular workshops covering everything from bondage to burlesque dancing.
Women's sex toy company sues New York subway system for rejecting its ads
The lawsuit comes after Dame states it had originally contacted the MTA in July about running ads and was given preliminary approval. This is not the first time the MTA has been accused of gender discrimination. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try Independent Minds free for 1 month.